List by Category: Pennsylvania News

Drug withdrawal problems in PA newborns climbs over 1,000% since 2000

03.29.18 | Bob Price

Babies diagnosed with neo-natal abstinence syndrome tend to be born premature, have a low birth weight and suffer from respiratory problems. Doctors say this condition is most common in babies exposed to addictive drugs, like opioids, in the...

PA ranks 2nd in the nation for organic product sales

03.28.18 | Terry Diener

Agriculture officials say statewide sales increased by about 10 times over the last decade. The findings by the U.S. Department of Agriculture may sound at odds with long-held perceptions of Pennsylvania as home of cheesesteaks, hoagies, and...

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court makes an unprecentended ruling

03.28.18 | Sarah Harnisch

In a first, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has approved $3 million in damages for emotional suffering for a turnpike whistle blower. Ralph Bailets testified it was humiliating to be escorted out of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s...

PA Gov. Tom Wolf has introduced a voting reform plan

03.27.18 | Brandon Dickson

Among his suggestions, same-day and automatic voter registration. Wolf adds that Pennsylvania needs to modernize absentee voting. He also suggested ending gerrymandering, and enacting campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of special...

A PA congressman is dropping out of his race in the wake of redistricting

03.27.18 | Brandon Dickson

Ryan Costello is the 39th GOP lawmaker to announce his retirement from congress this year, according to CNN. Costello, a two-term representative of the 6th District, previously won his races in a then-more favorable district for Republicans with...

Rural PA school district armed with rocks arranges additional armed security for potential attackers

03.26.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Blue mountain school district superintendent David Helsel says there will be extra security starting today and "into the near future." Helsel says media attention over the district's planned response to school shooters "has increased...

Pennsylvanians question vehicle emissions testing

03.26.18 | Terry Diener

Emission tests are required in 25 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. They exist to reduce smog and serve to help the state comply with the federal Clean Air Act. Those advocating abolishing the tests say Emission controls are better on newer...

Chief justice of PA's top court 'very concerned' over effort to impeach

03.23.18 | Brandon Dickson

Republican Chief Justice Thomas Saylor says impeachment threats on four Democratic justices over their rulings in a congressional redistricting case are an attack on the independent judiciary. Saylor's comments come two days after 12 House...

Gov. Wolf taps 36-year law enforcement veteran for PSP acting commissioner

03.23.18 | Terry Diener

Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick will succeed retiring colonel Tyree C. Blocker, who is retiring as commissioner today. Evanchick will serve as acting commissioner until a permanent appointee to the post is approved by the Legislature. Blocker's...

PA Senate approves bill forcing people with PFAs to give up firearms

03.22.18 | Brandon Dickson

The state Senate voted 50-to-0 to move the bill to the House for consideration. Under the legislation, people convicted of domestic violence would have 48 hours to surrender their firearms.

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